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With the view to ensure Abaco and other family islands are equipped with the necessary facilities to prepare their athletes for the soon to be revitalized Bahama Games, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Dr. Daniel Johnson said that work will commence right away on the promised sporting complex in Central Abaco.

Sports Complex Project to Commence

 

Above: a sketch of the facility. It is designed to facilitate volleyball, soccer, baseball, softball, basketball, a multi-purpose gym, track and field, tennis, swimming and football. The facility will be finished, according to Min. Johnson, by summer 2015.
Above: a sketch of the facility. It is designed to facilitate volleyball, soccer, baseball, softball, basketball, a multi-purpose gym, track and field, tennis, swimming and football. The facility will be finished, according to Min. Johnson, by summer 2015.

With the view to ensure Abaco and other family islands are equipped with the necessary facilities to prepare their athletes for the soon to be revitalized Bahama Games, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Dr. Daniel Johnson said that work will commence right away on the promised sporting complex in Central Abaco.

Dr. Johnson said his visit on October 22 was for the purpose of presenting “A sports and recreation facility that suits the needs of the island, and the work begins tomorrow, and will be finished by next summer.”

He said that the sporting complex will include beach volleyball, beach soccer, baseball, softball, basketball, a multi-purpose gym, track and field, tennis, swimming and football.

“So you’re going to have a really fantastic facility with synthetic surfaces, AstroTurf, proper lighting, changing rooms, coaching facilities and administration, consistent with what we are trying to do,” he said.

The facility will be located in Murphy Town at the present track and field area just west of Abaco Central High School and will cover a total of almost 37 acres.

The goal behind this is to give everybody a sporting facility so they can get ready for the Bahama Games in 2016. So obviously everything has to be finished by 2015, and so the race is on.

He also revealed the plans for the track and field to be built in Moores Island which will be located in close proximity to the island’s airport.

During a meeting in March of this year where they heard from various stakeholders Dr. Johnson said the facility would be about a $2 million build out when completed, and at the time he expected to break ground in May.

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Timothy Roberts

Timothy had his first venture into Journalism just months after graduating from Queen’s College in Nassau taking his first job with The Tribune in 1991 leaving in 1992 for other pursuits.

During his time in Nassau he diversified his experiences working as a warehouse manager, locksmith and computer technician before returning to Abaco, a place he has always considered home, in 1999.

He joined the staff of The Abaconian in 2001 doing graphic design and writing an opinion article called Generally Speaking and after a brief time away, returned to The Abaconian in 2010 as a reporter, graphic designer and computer technician.

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